ComGen is a new way of teaching students by having them conduct research during class.

It is a classroom based undergraduate experience. Students research as early as their second quarter of college after completion of the introductory Biology course.

Students shouldn’t wait until their junior and senior year to gain experience. They can get research lab experiences as soon as their first year in college and build on that foundation and apply their experience to other internships and research positions with ComGen. Studies have shown that early research helps students stick in the STEM field.


Gita BangeraPhoto-Gita Bangera


  • Tenured: BC 2009
  • Principal Investigator and Administrator, “ComGen: The Community College Genomics Research Initiative”: An NSF funded teaching grant
  • Member of Advisory Board, From STEM to Stern: A cohort approach to early industry-based research experiences for community college students.
  • Consultant: Intellectual Ventures
  • Patents: Over 15 patents or patent applications
  • Previously: Senior Scientist, Combimatrix Corporation (CBMX)

Kim HarringtonPhoto-Kim Harrington


  • Tenured: Tacoma Community College 2012
  • Teaching in the areas of: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition at Tacoma Community College since 2005
  • Previously: Researcher and Lab Manager at Immunex/Amgen Corp. Seattle, WA




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Last Updated March 29, 2016