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

3-year PhD Studentship currently Available - Leverhulme Centre for Cellular Bionics

The SolarBioChip: development of a solar bio-battery for printed bioelectronics




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

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


Barber J, Ruban AV, Nixon PJ, 2019, Oxygen Production and Reduction in Artificial and Natural Systems, WORLD SCIENTIFIC, ISBN:9789813276918


Selao TT, Norling B, Nixon PJ, 2018, Genetically engineered cyanobacteria for growth in unsterilized conditions using antibiotic-free selection, Singapore

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