The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has appointed Dr. Sean Mooney as Director of its Center for Information Technology (CIT). His term is set to begin in mid-March, and NIH Director Monica Bertagnoli expressed confidence in his ability to lead CIT due to his expertise in bioinformatics and experience overseeing multiple research IT departments.
As the head of CIT, Dr. Mooney will oversee a $400 million portfolio focused on the use of supercomputers in medical research data analysis. CIT collaborates with NIH’s intramural community in computational bioscience, engineering, informatics, and statistics to facilitate biomedical discoveries that advance the nation’s health. In addition to this, CIT provides IT infrastructure and services to support all NIH operations.
Dr. Mooney has a strong background in teaching biomedical informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and serving as Chief Research Information Officer at the UV Institute for Medical Data Science. He also currently serves as interim director of the UV Institute for Medical Data Science and directs informatics for the UV Institute for Translational Health Sciences.
NIH Director Bertagnolli expressed her anticipation of welcoming Dr. Mooney to the NIH leadership team and expressed her gratitude to Ivor D’Souza, who currently serves as CIT’s Acting Director. This appointment comes after former director Andrea Norris retired in September 2022.
Overall, this appointment marks an exciting new chapter for CIT and its collaboration with NIH’s intramural community, as well as its role in supporting all NIH operations through IT infrastructure and services.