Maria Gyure, MS, CGC, is a Lecturer in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the Director of UConn's developing Genetic Counseling Master's Degree program. With a strong background in laboratory science, she is also a licensed, certified genetic counselor and an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She has practiced as a clinical genetic counselor in both New England and Virginia. Maria has combined genetic counseling with research on many occasions and served on an NIH-funded study aimed at increasing family communication about cancer. Additionally, she has managed multiple large federally-funded research grants focused on interventions for young children at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. With a focus on research recruitment, she has several publications in her specialty in addition to invited presentations and service on on graduate advisory committees. As a Latina and graduate of Virginia's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (Va-LEND), her goal is to increase diversity and access within the field of genetic counseling as well as advocate for underserved populations. Locally, she participates with the Connecticut Health Data Collaborative Working group whose goal is to create stronger networks among the fields of community health, healthcare, health insurance, research and development, education, data and technology, and bioscience.