- PhD in Genetics, University of California Davis
- B.S. Biology, University of Science and Technology of China
- Venture capital and entrepreneurship
Professor James Zhang is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in both US and greater China. Currently, Professor Zhang is Chief Investment Officer of Great Eagle Holdings, and a Venture Partner of the GRC Fund and Venture University. Prior, Professor Zhang was a founding partner of Formation 8, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with over $1B under management and early backer of unicorns like Oculus VR, Wish.com, Oscar Health, and Blend Labs. Before co-founding Formation 8, Professor Zhang was a Venture Partner at Softbank China Venture Capital and at Khosla Ventures, two of the most distinguished venture capital firms in greater China and US, respectively. As a biotechnologist, Professor Zhang was a co-founder of Modular Bioscience, BioConsortia and Mendel Biotechnology which are all based in Silicon Valley. Notable investments include LanzaTech, Oculus VR, Wish.com, Rancher Labs, etc.