Top cancer researcher expands Deputy Director role; Lurie Cancer Center leader to become Associate Director
DUARTE, Calif. — City of Hope announces two important developments in the leadership team of its world-renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center: Linda Malkas, Ph.D., will expand her role as deputy director of basic research, and Matthew Ruchin, formerly of Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will join City of Hope’s center as its associate director.
Malkas’ broadened responsibilities will include chairing the Cancer Center Leadership Committee, helping guide scientific efforts and fostering collaboration among laboratory researchers. She also will oversee faculty mentoring, internal research funding and the development of multi-investigator research projects under the Cancer Center Support Grant as well as the research core facilities.
Malkas is a long-time member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Parent Committee, which evaluates cancer centers for comprehensive cancer center status and, as an expert in NCI Cancer Center structure and processes, serves as an external advisor for several NCI-designated cancer centers. She expands the role of Deputy Directory of Basic Research after an interim position as the associate director of basic sciences at City of Hope.
“City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center is an extraordinarily special place,” said Malkas, who will continue in her position as associate chair and the M.T. and B.A. Ahmadinia Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. “Our research not only has the potential to make a difference, it actually is making a difference – in patients’ lives, in families’ lives, in the way we treat cancer today. I am truly honored to be able to have such an impact on the center and all the people who are working together to develop a better future for everyone.”
Malkas joined City of Hope in 2011 from Indiana University, where she was founder and director of the Indiana Center for Breast Cancer Research. She has a doctorate in biochemistry, a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, all from City University of New York.
Ruchin joins City of Hope from Northwestern’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago, where he served in a number of leadership roles. His most recent role was as interim associate director for administration, providing operational and administrative oversight to Northwestern’s Cancer Center Support Grant.
Ruchin holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in business administration from Washington State University.
“City of Hope is known worldwide for its translational research and its impact on patients’ lives, and I’m extremely pleased to be a part of that,” Ruchin said. “I look forward to furthering its ability to turn breakthrough discoveries into new treatments.”
Both positions were praised by City of Hope Provost and Chief Scientific Steven T. Rosen as essential to enabling the Cancer Center to maximize its potential.
“Since joining City of Hope this past March, I have had the privilege of leading the extraordinary team in our Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this brief time, I have been impressed — and humbled — by the care, collaboration and commitment to scientific and clinical excellence demonstrated across the organization,” said Rosen, also the director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute. “The leadership of Dr. Malkas and Matt, as well as their expertise and commitment to our mission, will ensure our ongoing excellence and continued success.”
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.