James R. Green  PhD (Queen's), P.Eng., SMIEEE

Associate Professor

James Green - Research


Lab News

  • Spring 2017: Several members of the lab participated in HackingHealth Ottawa 2017 Hackathon (see projects ideas). Amente's team won the "Showcase Showdown" and "Best Solution for Healthcare Collaboration Award", while Kevin, Yasmina, and Francois' team won the "IBM IoT Silver Prize" and the "CHEO Pilot Opportunity Prize". Well done! Shermeen Nizami has won the "Women in Engineering Best Paper" award at MeMeA2017 for her paper entitled "Comparing time and frequency domain estimation of neonatal respiratory rate using pressure-sensitive mats"! Congratulations Shermeen!
  • Fall 2016: Shermeen Nizami (postdoc) becomes IBM CAS Research Fellow. Jim Green awarded NSERC CRD grant (with IBM) entitled "Pressure sensitive mats for patient monitoring in the NICU" valued at over $300K over three years. Jim Green part of team awarded $1.65M for graduate training program in M-Health (NSERC CREATE-BEST).
  • Summer 2016: Brad Barnes won 3rd prize in the Student Paper Competition at the IEEE EMBS International Student Conference here at Carleton University today for his paper "Predicting Novel Protein-Protein Interactions Between the HIV-1 Virus and Homo Sapiens". Amente Bekele wins the $10K Chudobiak Entrepreneurship Award in recognition of his "Alert Buddy - Hearing Watch" 4th year project. This award will support his graduate studies in our lab.
  • Spring 2016: Jim Green has been awarded a 5-year NSERC Discovery Grant. Graduate student Kevin Dick has just been awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award ($10,000) to conduct research at the prestigious IIT-Bombay in India next fall. He will be applying computational tools to investigate protein-protein interactions in malaria-causing bacteria.
  • Winter 2016: Congratulations to MASc candidate Kevin Dick who won 2nd prize in the student paper competition at Data Day 3.0 ($500) for using data science to predict unvaccinated individuals!
  • Winter 2016: Congratulations to new PhD's Shermeen Nizami and Rob Peace who both successfully defended their PhD theses in January!
  • Fall 2015: Congratulations to Undergraduate researcher Ali Avci who has won the 2015 Wib Cowie Innovation award ($10K) for work he completed on the Electronic Swim Coach for Blind Athletes!
  • Spring 2015: Shermeen Nizami receives Honorable Mention in the student poster competition at Carleton University's Second Annual Data Day for her poster entitled "Detecting Artifacts in Big Physiologic Data to Enhance Clinical Decision Support". Congratulations Shermeen! Lab alumnus (Tamimi) Abedelbaset Al Tamimi won 2nd place ($1000) with three colleagues at the Expedia Hackathon in Montreal!
  • Winter 2015: Irusha Vidanamadura and Maryam Kaka have both been awarded NSERC USRAs to join our lab for the summer. Congratulations Maryam and Irusha!
  • Fall 2014: Jason Koppert has been awarded an NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship (2 years). Congratulations Jason!
  • Spring 2014: Jonathan Oommen has been awarded an NSERC USRA to join our lab for the summer. Congratulations Jonathan!
  • Winter 2014: $25,000 NSERC Engage Grant awarded to conduct a feasability study on enabling persons with intellectual disabilities to optimize automated video analysis systems (with SoLink Corp.).
  • Spring 2013: Sankua Chao wins 2nd prize in the student paper competition at CMBEC36-APIBQ42 for her paper entitled "de novo Peptide Sequencing Using General Purpose Computing on a Graphics Processing Unit". Congratulations Sankua!
  • Summer 2012: Graham Fraser's research has been highlighted in this video interview on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs website.
  • Spring 2012: Congratulations to Green Lab scholarship recipient: Rob Peace (NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-D)!
  • Winter 2012: $24,900 NSERC Engage Grant awarded to develop a Semantic Patent Retrieval Tool (with Global Intellectual Strategies).
  • Spring 2011: Congratulations to Green Lab scholarship recipient: Graham Fraser (NSERC PGS-M)!
  • Winter 2011: $19K awarded for team CIF application led by Dr. Adrian Chan: Clinical Engineering: "Engineering Health in Hospitals”.
  • Fall 2010: James Green becomes a Senior Member of the IEEE. * Robert Peace's CMBEC paper is accepted in extended form by the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering.
  • Summer 2010: The Green Lab takes a well deserved beach day.
  • Spring 2010: Congratulations to Green Lab scholarship recipients: Robert Peace (NSERC PGS-M), Catalin Patulea (OGS), and Graham Fraser (NSERC USRA)!
  • Spring 2009: Congratulations to undergraduate students Hanan Mahmoud and Robert Peace; for winning the Best Poster Award at the 2nd Annual Carleton Cell BE Programming Workshop for their poster: "Peptide Sequence Tag Identification Using the Cell BE".
  • Winter 2009: NSERC Discovery Grant renewed for 5 years to investigate "Real-time proteomics on heterogeneous multi-core processors".  ** MITACS Training Grant of $10,000 awarded to run the 2nd Annual Carleton Cell BE Programming Workshop.
  • Fall 2008: Congratulations to graduate student Rémi Gagné for winning the Best Poster Award at the 2008 Health Canada Science Forum for his poster: "Guidelines for Chip-chip pre-processing and analysis".  ** ORF grant of $114,628 awarded (to match CFI grant below).  ** Cell BE equipment providing ~2.5 TERAFLOPS has arrived!
  • Spring 2008: Brian Earl and Davide Agnello awarded NSERC best research project for senior design project "Smart Rollator Usage Monitoring".
  • Winter 2008: Teaching Achievement Award of $15,0000 granted, partially to fund new biomedical engineering student projects to develop novel assistive devices for persons with disabilities.
  • Fall 2007: CFI grant of $114,628 awarded to fund development of novel mass spectrometry peptide identification strategies using Cell BE technology. See an article in Carleton Now.
  • Spring 2007: Amir Sadeghian and Ryan Chol-Ho Yim awarded NSERC best research project for senior design project "Eye Interact".

Parallel Processing for Real-Time Biomedical Informatics

Species-specific Prediction of microRNA.
microRNA are short RNA molecules that play an important role in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Our collaborators are continuously sequencing new species and wish to identify novel microRNA within these new genomes. However, most widely-used microRNA prediction tools are only effective on human data. We have developed SMIRP, a framework for the creation of species-specific predictors of microRNA from genomic sequence. We have achieved up to 500% increases in sensitivity at precisions of up to 90% when compared with existing methods. SMIRP has been applied to study numerous genomes including turtles, slime moulds, and a snail. We are now developing methods to leverage transcriptomic RNA-Seq data as this continues to becomes more accessible to experimental researchers.

Information-driven mass spectrometry.
Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) is an analytical technique for identifying proteins from an unknown mixture, and has become a cornerstone of modern proteomics. Currently, protein identification is relegated to take place offline, after the data collection phase, when it is too late to take corrective action in the case of an ambiguous identification. By sufficiently accelerating the data analysis, it becomes possible to close the feedback loop and achieve true information-driven data collection. Our research program aims to leverage advanced parallel processing approaches and architectures (GPU, multicore) to accelerate protein identification to enable real-time control of a MS/MS device. By simultaneously collecting and analyzing data on a tandem mass spectrometer, new forms of data analysis become possible including more effective identification of low abundance biomarkers.

Artifact detection in real-time patient monitoring.
In a second application, we are part of a research initiative to conduct real-time patient monitoring in intensive care settings. Currently, enormous quantities of data are measured continuously from patients such as blood oxygen saturation, ECG, respiration rate, and blood pressure. However, typically only periodic readings are recorded by a health care worker at wide intervals since most hospitals lack the infrastructure required to store and analyze this data in real-time. Research has shown that analyzing patient data such as heart rate on a continuous basis can detect the onset of serious illness such as sepsis hours before symptoms become evident. While the infrastructure and algorithms are currently being developed and deployed in hospitals around the world, artifacts in the data continue to be problematic, leading to loss of data and potential mis-diagnosis. With our collaborators, we are developing a framework for real-time artifact detection that would enable the automated selection of optimal detection algorithms tailored for the specific clinical setting of each patient.

Protein structure prediction.
Much like the shape of a tool suggests its intended purpose, knowledge of a protein's structure can provide substantial insight into its function. Therefore, computational prediction of protein structure based solely on protein sequence data is a challenge of fundamental importance to biomedical research. An effective solution promises significant advances in computational drug discovery and an increased understanding of complex disease processes such as cancer. We have recently developed a novel approach to determining the 1D secondary structure of proteins from protein sequence data which makes use of Parallel Cascade Identification (PCI), a powerful method of nonlinear system identification. We are currently working towards extending this method to the prediction of full 3D tertiary structure prediction.

Post-translational modification.
While progress continues to be made on the prediction of structure from sequence, knowledge of a protein's structure may not be sufficient to discern its function. For example, most proteins undergo some form of post-translational modification (PTM) following initial synthesis which may have a profound impact on protein function. Our lab is therefore working to develop intelligent predictors of important PTM's such as sumoylation and phosphorylation. Iterative prediction of protein function and structure is a long term goal as well.

Bioinformatics web services.
Please click here for a list of web services developed by our lab.

Areas of Research Interest

My research focus has been in the following areas:
  • Bioinformatics, proteomics, and prediction of protein structure, function, interaction, and post-translational modification
  • Machine intelligence, pattern classification, data mining
  • Real-time patient monitoring, using pressure-sensitive mats and other sensors.
  • Development of novel assistive technology and devices
  • I also have interest in: medical informatics, robotics, machine vision, and microprocessor applications
Current projects include:
  • Species-specific prediction of microRNA from genomic sequence or transcriptomics data
  • Neonatal patient monitoring using pressure sensitive mats
  • Prediction of protein-protein interactions from sequence
  • Development of various novel assistive devices for persons who are disabled and the elderly
  • Hardware acceleration of bioinformatics algorithms using GPGPU, including real-time mass spectrometry
  • Identification of post-translational modifications in proteins, including methylation, sumoylation, glycosylation, and hydroxylation.