Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 2006, Rev. Buonopane's area of specialization is food chemistry. Prior to seminary and the priesthood, Fr. Gerry held a number of positions in academia, the federal government (USFDA), and in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Among the courses he teaches, Fr. Gerry teaches a graduate level course in food chemistry, as well as Core curriculum courses, including a Core 3 course, "Science and Theology of Food." His research areas of interest are: Chemical Deterioration of Food Lipids: Oxidative Reactions; Essential Oils as Natural Antioxidants; and Cold Plasma Treatment of Botanicals and Essential Oils.
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
- M.S., University of Connecticut
- B.S., Northeastern University
- Buonopane, Gerald J., Joseph Laracy, and Thomas Marlowe (2018). "Development of an Integrated Course in Science and Theology of Food: Nourishment for Body, Mind, and Soul." Seminary Journal (combined 2015-2017 issue).
- Buonopane, Gerald J., Joseph Laracy, and Thomas Marlowe (2017). "An Experiment in Interdisciplinary STEM Education: Insights from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics 15(6): 45-53.
- Buonopane, G.J., Antonacci, C., and Lopez, J.L. (2016). "Effect of cold plasma processing on botanicals and their essential oils." Plasma Medicine 6(3-4): 315-324.
- University Research Council Grant recipient for project, "Effect of Cold Plasma Processing on Sweet Basil and the Chemistry of its Essential Oils," June 2017.
- John Templeton Foundation Grant from John Carroll University for the Re-Engaging Science and Theology in Seminary Formation program, 2016.
- American Chemical Society
- The Institute of Food Technologists
- American Oil Chemists' Society