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

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Chen T, Hojka M, Davey P, et al., 2023, Engineering α-carboxysomes into chloroplasts to support autotrophic photosynthesis, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723

Masuda T, Bečková M, Turóczy Z, et al., 2023, Accumulation of cyanobacterial photosystem II containing the “rogue” D1 subunit is controlled by FtsH protease and synthesis of the standard D1 protein, Plant and Cell Physiology, ISSN:0032-0781

Qi M, Zhao Z, Nixon PJ, 2023, The photosynthetic electron transport chain of oxygenic photosynthesis, Bioelectricity, Vol:5, ISSN:2576-3105, Pages:31-38

Chen T, Riaz S, Davey P, et al., 2023, Producing fast and active Rubisco in tobacco to enhance photosynthesis., Plant Cell, Vol:35, Pages:795-807

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

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