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



Knoppová J, Sobotka R, Yu J, et al., 2022, Assembly of D1/D2 complexes of photosystem II: binding of pigments and a network of auxiliary proteins, Plant Physiology, Vol:189, ISSN:0032-0889, Pages:790-804

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

Yi L, Liu B, Nixon PJ, et al., 2022, Recent advances in understanding the structural and functional evolution of FtsH proteases, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1664-462X, Pages:1-16

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

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