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New NIH CIT Director Tackles Supercomputing for Medical Research Data Analysis


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

Dr. Sean Mooney has been appointed as the new director of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology (CIT), effective mid-March. NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli expressed her confidence in Dr. Mooney’s ability to lead CIT, citing his extensive experience in bioinformatics and expertise in managing multi-faceted research IT departments.

Dr. Mooney will oversee a $400 million portfolio focused on utilizing supercomputers for 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. Additionally, CIT provides 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 the 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 excitement about welcoming Dr. Mooney to the NIH leadership team and extended gratitude to Ivor D’Souza, who is currently serving as acting director of CIT. This appointment comes after the retirement of former director Andrea Norris in September 2022.

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