Richard Dixon (biologist)

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Richard Dixon

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Richard Dixon at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Richard A. Dixon
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (MA, DPhil, SciD)
AwardsMember of the National Academy of Sciences[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of North Texas
Texas A&M University
University of Cambridge
Royal Holloway College
ThesisPhytoalexin production by plant tissue cultures (1976)
InfluencesChristopher John Lamb[2]
Donald Northcote[2]

Richard A. Dixon FRS[2] 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.[3][4][5]


Dixon studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973[2] followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1976 for research on the production of Phytoalexin by plant tissue cultures.[6]

Career and research[edit]

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.[3][4][7][8][9] His papers have been cited over 66,000 times.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Dixon was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States.[1] 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).[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018.[3]


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e Anon (2018). "Professor Richard Dixon FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  3. ^ a b Richard Dixon publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "Richard Dixon - Department of Biological Sciences".
  5. ^ Dixon, Richard A. (1976). Phytoalexin Production by Plant Tissue Cultures. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 863459623. EThOS
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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 |journal= (help) closed access
  8. ^ 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. closed access

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