Dr. Sean Mooney, a professor of biomedical informatics and medical education at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as the new director of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT). As CIT director, he will oversee a $400 million IT portfolio that includes cloud-based services, collaboration tools, a research network, and a supercomputer that enables large-scale data analyses.
Dr. Mooney is also currently serving as Chief Research Information Officer at the University of Washington, Director of Informatics at the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Interim Director for the UW Institute for Medical Data Science. His extensive background in bioinformatics and expertise in implementing and governing multi-faceted research IT departments make him well-suited to lead NIH CIT.
“Sean has supported biomedical research through his work in developing collaborative computing systems,” said NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli. “His experience in this area combined with his broad knowledge base and leadership skills make him an excellent choice to lead NIH CIT.”
Mooney is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has served as an associate professor and director of bioinformatics at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He also previously held an assistant professorship in medical and molecular genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine before joining the University of Washington’s faculty.