The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has appointed Sean Mooney as the director of its Center for Information Technology (CIT), with his tenure commencing in mid-March. Dr. Mooney’s selection was based on his extensive expertise in bioinformatics and experience managing multifaceted research IT departments. In his new role, he will oversee a $400 million portfolio focused on leveraging supercomputers for medical research data analysis.
As the CIT collaborates with the NIH intramural community in computational bioscience, engineering, informatics, and statistics to facilitate biomedical discoveries that enhance national health, Dr. 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. Additionally, he currently serves as interim director for the UW Institute for Medical Data Science and oversees informatics for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences.
Dr. Mooney’s appointment follows the retirement of former director Andrea Norris in September 2022, and NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli expressed excitement about welcoming him to the leadership team while extending gratitude to Ivor D’Souza, who has been acting director of CIT since then.