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



Feng Y, Morgan M, Fraser PD, et al., 2020, Crystal structure of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate synthase (CrtE) involved in cyanobacterial terpenoid biosynthesis, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:11, ISSN:1664-462X

Włodarczyk A, Selão TT, Norling B, et al., 2020, Newly discovered Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901 is a robust cyanobacterial strain for high biomass production, Communications Biology, Vol:3, ISSN:2399-3642

Ahmad N, Khan MO, Islam E, et al., 2020, Contrasting responses to stress displayed by tobacco overexpressing an algal plastid terminal oxidase in the chloroplast, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:11, ISSN:1664-462X

Pope M, Hodge J, Nixon PJ, 2020, An improved natural transformation protocol for the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:11, ISSN:1664-462X

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

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