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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Yu J, Knoppova J, Michoux F, et al., 2018, Ycf48 involved in the biogenesis of the oxygen-evolving photosystem II complex is a seven-bladed beta-propeller protein, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:115, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:E7824-E7833

Shao S, Cardona T, Nixon PJ, 2018, Early emergence of the FtsH proteases involved in photosystem II repair, Photosynthetica, Vol:56, ISSN:0300-3604, Pages:163-177

Cardona T, Shao S, Nixon PJ, 2018, Enhancing photosynthesis in plants: the light reactions, Chloroplasts: the Capture and Production Modules of Plants, Vol:62, ISSN:0071-1365, Pages:85-94

Sawa M, Fantuzzi A, Bombelli P, et al., 2017, Electricity generation from digitally printed cyanobacteria, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

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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