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



Krynická V, Skotnicová P, Jackson PJ, et al., 2023, FtsH4 protease controls biogenesis of the PSII complex by dual regulation of high light-inducible proteins., Plant Commun, Vol:4

Yamamoto H, Cheuk A, Shearman J, et al., 2023, Impact of engineering the ATP synthase rotor ring on photosynthesis in tobacco chloroplasts, Plant Physiology, ISSN:0032-0889

Chen T, Riaz S, Davey P, et al., 2022, Producing fast and active Rubisco in tobacco to enhance photosynthesis., Plant Cell

Zhao Z, Vercellino I, Knoppová J, et al., 2022, The Ycf48 accessory factor occupies the site of the oxygen-evolving manganese cluster during photosystem II biogenesis, Biorxiv

Nixon P, Telfer A, 2022, Remembering James Barber (1940-2020), Photosynthesis Research, Vol:153, ISSN:0166-8595, Pages:1-20

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