Pietro Cottone is a musician and a neuroscientist. He was born in Palermo, Italy. Here, he studied traditional liberal arts in high school with a focus on humanities. He continued his studies in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Palermo and received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the Sapienza University of Rome. He moved to the United States in 2004 to pursue neuropsychiatric research. He is a faculty member in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, where he researches on neuropsychiatric disorders.