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

As the director of CIT, Dr. Mooney will oversee 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, the CIT provides IT infrastructure and services to support all of NIH’s operations.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mooney served as an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he taught biomedical informatics. He also held the position of chief research information officer at the UW Institute for Medical Data Science and directed informatics for the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

Dr. Mooney has extensive experience in managing large-scale computing systems and leading cross-functional teams to achieve complex goals. His background includes a Ph.D. from Stanford University and postdoctoral training at both Harvard Medical School and MIT Computer Science Laboratory, where he developed algorithms for genomics data analysis and worked on machine learning applications for healthcare systems.

NIH Director Bertagnolli expressed her excitement about welcoming Dr. Mooney to the NIH leadership team and thanked Ivor D’Souza, who has been serving as acting director since former director Andrea Norris retired last September.

The appointment marks an important milestone for NIH’s efforts to continue advancing medical research through technology innovation and collaboration across multiple disciplines.

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