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



Huokko T, Ni T, Dykes GF, et al., 2021, Probing the biogenesis pathway and dynamics of thylakoid membranes, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723

Knoppová J, Yu J, Janouškovec J, et al., 2021, The Photosystem II assembly factor Ycf48 from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is lipidated using an atypical lipobox sequence, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, ISSN:1422-0067

Murray JW, Rutherford AW, Nixon PJ, 2020, Photosystem II in a state of disassembly, Joule, Vol:4, ISSN:2542-4351, Pages:2082-2084

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

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