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David J. Kroll, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Director, Master's and Certificate Programs in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Mailing address:

​University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
Mail Stop C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd. V20-2119
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (V20)
Second Floor
Room 2119



  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program
  • Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) Certificate Program

Training and Education:

  • ​BS, Toxicology (1985), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science
  • PhD, Pharmacology & Therapeutics (1989), University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (1990-1992), Endocrinology & Medical Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research Interest:

  • Anticancer pharmacology of natural products; science communication to public audiences and diverse stakeholders


  • ​PIHM 7670 - Pharmacology of Herbal and Dietary Supplements

Representative Publications:


Dr. David Kroll returned to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in January, 2019, as Professor of Pharmacology and Director of Master’s Degree and Certificate Programs in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Kroll began his academic career here in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992 as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1999, and then conducted sabbatical research during the 2000 calendar year in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Duke University in Durham, NC. That year, he became the first School of Pharmacy faculty member to be elected to the system-wide CU President’s Teaching Scholar Program.

After returning to CU in 2001, family medical issues led him to relocate to North Carolina where he was Senior Research Pharmacologist in the Natural Products Laboratory at Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) until 2008. Dr. Kroll then became Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham, an historically Black college/university (HBCU) in the University of North Carolina system, until the end of 2011. Dr. Kroll’s laboratory was continuously funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health or the American Cancer Society during this time, where his team investigated plants, bacteria and fungi for novel anticancer drugs and dietary supplements that might interact with those drugs.

Dr. Kroll’s interest in public science communication and service to the MS in Medical and Science Journalism program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004 to 2012 led him to pursue freelance and institutional science writing as Director of Science Communication at the then-new Nature Research Center of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. His position there from 2012 through 2014 was jointly supported by the Department of English at North Carolina State University, where he taught graduate courses in science and environmental writing and an undergraduate course in the basic principles of news reporting. Dr. Kroll then pursued full-time freelance medical journalism from 2014 to 2018 where his clients included Reuters, the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), and the Research Triangle’s alt-weekly, INDY Week. Dr. Kroll has also been a regular columnist since 2011 for the Pharma, Healthcare & Innovation section of

The opportunity to return to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2019 now allows Dr. Kroll to meld his passion for graduate and professional education with the skills he gained in communicating complex drug and medical topics to general audiences. His philosophy is that all scientists and health professionals have responsibilities not only to their professional communities, but to society at-large, engaging with citizens and other diverse stakeholders to navigate through the complex social and economic issues of health and wellness in global society.


  • ​Pharmacology; Pharmacognosy; Drug and Supplement Safety; Drug-Drug and Drug-Supplement Interactions; Medical Journalism; Science Writing; Public Science Communication