NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli has appointed Sean Mooney as the new director of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT), with his tenure set to begin in mid-March. 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. Dr. Mooney will oversee a $400 million portfolio focused on the use of supercomputers in medical research data analysis.
Dr. Mooney has extensive experience in bioinformatics and IT department management, 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 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.
Sean Mooney’s background includes teaching biomedical informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and serving as chief research information officer at the UW Institute for Medical Data Science. In his new role, he will lead a team focused on using supercomputers to analyze medical research data and further advance biomedical discoveries that benefit public health across the nation. Ivor D’Souza, who is currently serving as acting director of CIT, expressed appreciation for his time leading the organization during this transition period before stepping down to make way for Dr. Mooney’s tenure.