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



Selão TT, Jebarani J, Ismail NA, et al., Enhanced production of D-lactate in cyanobacteria by re-routing photosynthetic cyclic and pseudo-cyclic electron flow, Frontiers in Plant Science, 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

Viola S, Bailleul B, Yu J, et al., 2019, Probing the electric field across thylakoid membranes in cyanobacteria., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, Vol:116, Pages:21900-21906

Kiss E, Knoppova J, Pascual Aznar G, et al., 2019, A photosynthesis-specific rubredoxin-like protein is required for efficient association of the D1 and D2 proteins during the initial steps of photosystem II assembly, The Plant Cell, Vol:31, ISSN:1040-4651, Pages:2241-2258

Selão TT, Włodarczyk A, Nixon PJ, et al., 2019, Growth and selection of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 using alternative nitrogen and phosphorus sources, Metabolic Engineering, Vol:54, ISSN:1096-7176, Pages:255-263

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