Camella (Cam) Rising joined the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) as a research fellow in 2021. Dr. Rising earned a Ph.D. in communication from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and is a registered dietitian nutritionist (R.D.N.). She also holds a master's degree in nutritional sciences from San Diego State University, California, and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Rising recently completed a postdoctoral CRTA fellowship with the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch in the Behavioral Research Program of the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
Dr. Rising works primarily under the mentorship of Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Branch Director and senior investigator, and Payal Khincha, M.B.B.S., M.S.H.S., physician-scientist early investigator, on behavioral and psychosocial studies of individuals and families in clinical family studies. Her work focuses on developing a better understanding of health behaviors, communication behaviors, and psychosocial needs of individuals and families living with cancer predisposition syndromes, such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome and dyskeratosis congenita, and related telomere biology disorders.