David J Kroll, PhD, is a molecular cancer pharmacologist and professor at a mid-sized state university in North Carolina. Hailing from the New Jersey Meadowlands area, David always intended to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. But after a BS in Toxicology at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Florida, he was bitten by the teaching bug and has since pursued every opportunity to talk to students or anyone else who might listen about drugs and the wonders of pharmacology.
Kroll’s interest in natural products – single-agent pharmaceuticals from plants, microorganisms, marine creatures, etc. – led him to also be tapped as an expert in the exploding area of herbal medicine and non-botanical supplements while a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in Denver. He was fortunate to develop excellent relationships with television, radio, and print journalists, and became interested in the use of media to combat pseudoscience. Throughout his teaching and running a small lab on the tenure track, David took great enjoyment in writing for and speaking to general audiences who had few options for objective information on dietary supplements.
In late 2005 he began the blog, Terra Sigillata, under the pseudonym Abel Pharmboy. Picked up by ScienceBlogs.com in June, 2005, Abel’s Terra Sig enjoyed a four-year run with a great community of bloggers before taking a hiatus in Summer, 2010. In August, 2010, David was invited to move Terra Sigillata to CENtral Science, the online blog network of the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. There, Terra Sig will remain a specialty blog on natural products, focusing on chemistry and pharmaceutical issues.
Take As Directed is an expansion of the many areas Terra Sig began to cover as David wrote about personal issues related to medicine – his father’s death from alcoholism, his reflections on chronic illness, and his TMI liveblogging of his vasectomy. Drugs are not just about science but rather tools to – in most cases – improve our quality of life, enabling us to live more fully and engaged with our local and online communities. You never know what you’ll see here at Take As Directed but I’m hoping that will be part of the fun.
Statements made on this blog are solely the personal opinions of the author and do not reflect the positions of his employer or his other affiliated academic institutions, graduate training programs, professional associations, or research funding agencies.
You can contact David via at abelpharmboy at gmail dot com.