• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Dr. Mooney Named New Director of NIH Center for Information Technology, Set to Oversee Supercomputers in Medical Research Data Analysis


Feb 12, 2024
Sean Mooney Selected to Lead Center for Information Technology at NIH

In March, Dr. Sean Mooney will take up the role of director at the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT). This appointment follows the retirement of former director Andrea Norris in September 2022. NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli has expressed confidence in Dr. Mooney’s ability to lead CIT, citing his expertise in bioinformatics and experience in overseeing multi-faceted research IT departments.

Dr. Mooney will be tasked with overseeing a $400 million portfolio focused on the use of supercomputers in medical research data analysis. 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 to this, Dr. Mooney will provide IT infrastructure and services to support all of NIH’s operations.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mooney 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 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.

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.

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