Maria Gyure, MS, CGC
Director, Genetic Counseling Master's Degree Program
Lecturer, Department of Allied Health Sciences
Maria Gyure currently serves as the Program Director for the University of Connecticut’s Genetic Counseling Professional Science Master’s Degree Program. Her passion for education in clinical genetics led her to design and lead two online graduate certificate programs for UConn. Her expertise in online learning has been recognized nationally and she continues to champion for the benefits of quality and accessible learning. An alumna, she attended UConn on a 4-year Academic Leadership Scholarship where earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences and a minor in Molecular and Cell Biology. Maria subsequently matriculated into the Genetic Counseling Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling and completed the VA Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) program. Maria served as a clinical genetic counselor and later combined genetic counseling with research and served as the research coordinator for multiple federally funded research grants on both family communication about cancer and interventions for young children at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. Maria has several publications in her specialty in addition to invited presentations and service on graduate advisory committees. She maintains her clinical skills by counseling pediatric genetics patients at UConn Health and is a true voice for underserved populations.