Richard Dixon (biologist)
Richard Dixon at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Richard A. Dixon
|Alma mater||University of Oxford (MA, DPhil, SciD)|
|Awards||Member of the National Academy of Sciences|
|Institutions||University of North Texas|
Texas A&M University
University of Cambridge
Royal Holloway College
|Thesis||Phytoalexin production by plant tissue cultures (1976)|
|Influences||Christopher John Lamb|
Richard A. Dixon FRS is distinguished research professor at the University of North Texas, a faculty fellow of the Hagler Institute of Advanced Study and Timothy C. Hall-Heep distinguished faculty chair at Texas A&M University.
Dixon studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1976 for research on the production of Phytoalexin by plant tissue cultures.
Career and research
After his DPhil, Dixon was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge before starting his own research group at Royal Holloway College at the University of London.[when?] He served as Director of the Plant Biology Division at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma from 1998 to 2013. For over 30 years he has been a world leader in the field of plant specialized metabolism, using multidisciplinary approaches to decipher the biosynthetic and regulatory pathways leading to lignin and bioactive flavonoids, and driving the field of metabolic engineering for development of more nutritious forages and bioenergy crops with enhanced traits for biorefining. His papers have been cited over 66,000 times.
Awards and honours
Dixon was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018.
- Marino, Melissa (2008). "Profile of Richard Dixon". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105 (7): 2263–2265. doi:10.1073/pnas.0800273105. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 2268123. PMID 18272484.
- Anon (2015). "Interview with Richard A. Dixon". Trends in Plant Science. 20 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2014.10.009. ISSN 1360-1385.
- Anon (2018). "Professor Richard Dixon FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:
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- Richard Dixon publications indexed by Google Scholar
- "Richard Dixon - Department of Biological Sciences". biology.unt.edu.
- Dixon, Richard A. (1976). Phytoalexin Production by Plant Tissue Cultures. bodleian.ox.ac.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 863459623. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.453717.
- Dixon, Richard A. (1995). "Stress-Induced Phenylpropanoid Metabolism". The Plant Cell. 7 (7): 1085–1097. doi:10.1105/tpc.7.7.1085. ISSN 1040-4651. PMC 160915. PMID 12242399.
- Lamb, Chris; Dixon, Richard A. (1997). "The Oxidative burst in plant disease resistance". 48 (1): 251–275. doi:10.1146/annurev.arplant.48.1.251. ISSN 1040-2519. Cite journal requires
- Levine, Alex; Tenhaken, Raimund; Dixon, Richard; Lamb, Chris (1994). "H₂O₂ from the oxidative burst orchestrates the plant hypersensitive disease resistance response". Cell. 79 (4): 583–593. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(94)90544-4. ISSN 0092-8674. PMID 7954825.
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