andreapironeI was born in Livorno. I made my University studies in Pisa where I graduated with honors in Biological Sciences in February 1994.

In 2000 I obtained a PhD degree in Veterinary Neuroanatomy at the University of Torino defending a thesis entitled “Neuropeptide Y distribution and autoradiografic localization of its receptor in the carp brain (Cyprinus carpio L., 1758; Cyprinidae, Teleostei.)”.

During my PhD, I began a collaboration with Bruno Cozzi (University of Padova) with whom I have produced most of the data relative to the vertebrata central nervous system.

In 2001, I joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, now Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Pisa where I currently works in the field of veterinary anatomy, histology ad embryology.

In the last ten years, my research interest has been focusing on the claustrum of animals of veterinary interest.

I am co-author of more than 90 publications including full-length articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and research abstracts presented at international congresses.