Bjornson Lab

Our Team

Varun Awasthi

Varun AwasthiVarun Awasthi coordinates multiple studies across Seattle Children’s. Within the Bjornson Lab, he primarily coordinates data collection for the Cerebral Palsy Research Network, an international clinical registry focused on improving outcomes for persons with CP. He is also the coordinator of a qualitative study on decision-making for supported mobility across the lifespan in persons with CP.

Prior to joining Seattle Children’s, Varun worked in the Burn and Orthopedic Trauma Units at Harborview Medical Center, assisting with several NIH-funded studies that analyzed the use of virtual reality and clinical hypnosis on pain reduction. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a degree in global health and a minor in natural science. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, taking long walks around Seattle, and aimlessly reading Wikipedia.

Neil Panlasigui

Neil PanlasiguiNeil Panlasigui first joined Seattle Children’s as a research volunteer for the diabetes research team in 2013. Since then, Neil has worked on various projects related to resilience, mindfulness and social media. He also played a role in jumpstarting Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) for the Seattle Children’s Hospital site.

Currently, he is the research coordinator for Kristie Bjornson’s research study titled, Short Burst Locomotor Treadmill Training – a novel approach to treadmill training that aims to improve muscle power and  walking for children with cerebral palsy. Outside of work, Neil enjoys playing tennis, drinking tea and being active in the local Filipino community. He graduated from the University of Washington with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and comparative history of ideas.

Sinear Sadang

Sinear Sadang has worked with Seattle Children’s since graduating from the University of Washington in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in public health. Currently, she coordinates multiple studies for the Bjornson Lab and serves as a backup interventionist providing athletic-like training for children with cerebral palsy.

A strong advocate for health and wellness, Sinear’s interest in researching the disparities of physical activity in children is due in part to her previous experience conducting behavioral interventions in low-income areas to promote physical activity. In her free time, she loves to travel and also coaches group fitness classes focused on strength and conditioning.

Tony To

Tony ToTony To is a Clinical Research Coordinator II for the Bjornson Research Team and Outcomes Assessment Program research team. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a double major in Psychology (BA) and Communication (BA). He will be attending graduate school this fall for a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. In the future, he hopes that he can influence change to make mental health services more readily accessible for underprivileged communities in the Greater Seattle area.