Prof. James ZHANG

Prof. James ZHANG

Adjunct Associate Professor

Academic qualifications

  • 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 a Partner of the GRC Fund, a technology venture capital fund which invests in breakthrough technologies in both US and greater China. 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 and 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 in the US.

Notable investments: LanzaTech, Oculus,, Centrillion, MoreHealth, Rancher Labs, etc