Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Professor of Biochemistry



+44 (0)20 7594 5269p.nixon




705Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





The Nixon group is studying various aspects of solar energy conversion by chloroplasts and cyanobacteria. Projects include:

1. The structure and function of the Photosystem II complex involved in water-splitting

2. The assembly and repair of PSII and the biogenesis of the thylakoid membrane

3. Cyanobacterial synthetic biology

4. Over-expression of high-value products in higher plant chloroplasts

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Sawa M, Fantuzzi A, Bombelli P, et al., Electricity generation from digitally printed cyanobacteria, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723

Shao S, Cardona T, Nixon PJ, Early emergence of the FtsH proteases involved in Photosystem II repair, Photosynthetica, ISSN:0300-3604

Barretto SS, Michoux F, Hellgardt K, et al., 2017, Pneumatic hydrodynamics influence transplastomic protein yields and biological responses during in vitro shoot regeneration of Nicotiana tabacum callus: Implications for bioprocess routes to plant-made biopharmaceuticals, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Vol:117, ISSN:1369-703X, Pages:73-81

Beckova M, Gardian Z, Yu J, et al., 2017, Association of Psb28 and Psb27 Proteins with PSII-PSI Supercomplexes upon Exposure of Synechocystis sp PCC 6803 to High Light, Molecular Plant, Vol:10, ISSN:1674-2052, Pages:62-72

Beckova M, Yu J, Krynicka V, et al., 2017, Structure of Psb29/Thf1 and its association with the FtsH protease complex involved in photosystem II repair in cyanobacteria, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:372, ISSN:0962-8436

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