NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli is excited to announce the appointment of Sean Mooney as the new director of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT). Dr. Mooney will begin his tenure in mid-March and will oversee a $400 million portfolio focused on the use of supercomputers in medical research data analysis.
Dr. Mooney has a strong background in bioinformatics, having taught biomedical informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and served as chief research information officer at the UW Institute for Medical Data Science. He also currently holds the position of interim director for the UW Institute for Medical Data Science and directs informatics for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences.
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, it provides IT infrastructure and services to support all of NIH’s operations. With his expertise in these areas, Dr. Mooney is well-equipped to lead CIT successfully.
NIH Director Bertagnolli expressed her anticipation in welcoming Dr. Mooney to the NIH leadership team and extended appreciation to Ivor D’Souza, who is currently serving as acting director of CIT. This appointment follows the retirement of former director Andrea Norris in September 2022.