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. Enhancing the light reactions of photosynthesis

2. The assembly and repair of photosystem II and the biogenesis of the thylakoid membrane

3. Cyanobacterial and chloroplast synthetic biology

Please see Research tab for more information



Pope M, Hodge J, Nixon PJ, An improved natural transformation protocol for the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Frontiers in Plant Science, ISSN:1664-462X

Włodarczyk A, Selão TT, Norling B, et al., Newly discovered Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901 is a robust cyanobacterial strain for high biomass production, Communications Biology, ISSN:2399-3642

Trinugroho J, Bečková M, Shao S, et al., 2020, Chlorophyll f synthesis by a super-rogue photosystem II complex, Nature Plants, Vol:6, ISSN:2055-026X, Pages:238-244

Selão TT, Jebarani J, Ismail NA, et al., 2020, Enhanced production of D-lactate in cyanobacteria by re-routing photosynthetic cyclic and pseudo-cyclic electron flow, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:10, ISSN:1664-462X

Zhang L, Selão TT, Nixon PJ, et al., 2019, Photosynthetic conversion of CO2 to hyaluronic acid by engineered strains of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002, Algal Research, Vol:44, ISSN:2211-9264

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