The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) has appointed Sean Mooney as its new director. Dr. Mooney, who has extensive experience in bioinformatics and overseeing multi-faceted research IT departments, will begin his tenure in mid-March. His role will involve managing a $400 million portfolio focused on the use of supercomputers in medical research data analysis.
The CIT collaborates with the NIH intramural community in computational bioscience, engineering, informatics, and statistics to facilitate biomedical discoveries that advance the nation’s health. In addition to this, the CIT provides IT infrastructure and services to support all of NIH’s operations. Dr. Mooney’s background includes teaching biomedical informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and serving as the chief research information officer at the UW Institute for Medical Data Science.
Currently serving as interim director for the UW Institute for Medical Data Science and directing informatics for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Dr. Mooney is excited to take on his new role at NIH. NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli expressed her anticipation in welcoming Dr. Mooney to the leadership team and extended appreciation to Ivor D’Souza, who is currently acting director of CIT. This appointment follows the retirement of former director Andrea Norris in September 2022.
With his expertise and experience, Dr. Mooney is expected to make significant contributions to advancing medical research data analysis through his leadership at NIH’s Center for Information Technology (CIT).