Four years folding as of 27 December 2016.
Played 643 puzzles as a soloist, with 36 first-place finishes, 19 second-place, and 33 third place.
Joined Beta Folders in December 2013, played 472 puzzles as an evolver, with 30 first-place, 56 second-place, and 31 third-place.
Briefly held #1 soloist and #1 evolver positions in late November/early December 2016.
B.S. in Biology
Minors in Chemistry & Philosophy
I'm a retired Computer Systems Analyst after having worked in IT for 30 years.
Music and Foldit keep me reasonably sane. The challenge to continually improve at them keeps me focused.
Bio-engineer at the prehistory 30 years ago, I PhD recently on the opposite scale: the World's ecology and sustainable development indicators.
I find Foldit inspiring for the research process and it's link with development and what we call "technological lock in" in History: one step back, 2 steps forwards can help humanity to go out of the current unsustainable high carbon societies lock-in.
From the game point of view, I like evolving and scripting in order to learn what is a beautiful protein.
-Oct 2012: Joined L'Alliance Francophone
-Apr-Sep 2013: rank 1 symmetric evolvers
-May 2013: Joined Beta Folders
-Nov 2013: first time our group solution further used in Science
-Dec 2013: Came back to L'Alliance Francophone
-Feb 2014: rank 2 evolvers (best rank ever: sym 1, overall 3, prediction 1, design 2, ED 3, CR 5, CASP 8, PC 7).
-Apr 2014: lonesome soloist then Boinc.be, then founded the unconventional Soloists virtual group, then joined Go Science for the CASP11 race. We ended on rank 4. Nice to have many good evolvers there: this helps a lot for my solos.
-May 2014: strange feeling beeing CASP11 solo n°1 after 5 puzzles (2 after 8 puzzles, 8 at the end). This encouraged me to concentrate on solos.
-May 2014: Got Master soloists.
-Aug 2014: Solo rank 10
-Oct 2014: prediction solo rank 1 !!
-10 March 2015: Solo 2 (during 1 day !)
-Best solo rank ever: 2 (Prediction 1, CASP11 2, overall 2, design 2, symmetry 2, PC 3, ED 6, HF 46).
-Best Foldit contribution ever (Nov 2015): Solo 2 + Evo 3 = 5 (total rank = 1)
-Sept 2016: Our group solution used in science (Nature paper)!
Information analyst. Background: degree in Mathematics and Computer science. C systems programmer a long time ago.
or my PC (capable of running ~5 clients) :)
Number of clients is limited by CPU, not Temperature due to efficient water cooling...
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (Sandy Bridge) @ 4.6GHz
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (no noise, the best)
MOBO: MSI Z68A-GD80G3
Graphics: GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5
Ram: 16 GB
SSD: 110GB for OS fast access (Programs and Data on HDs)
HD: Sata3 (2x2 TB) plus a few more for backup and Foldit
Offline HD: for Backups
I don't have a science background, but, most of the stocks I trade in are in the bio or stemcell sector. The premise of this game fascinates me. ;)
No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many electrons were terribly inconvenienced. ;)
I have 25 years of professional experience in IT, rewrote ray tracing software in x86 assembly language, built a 3d interface for LCD shutter glasses so I could play Descent stereoscopically in 1996, optimized Raistmer's SETI at home in SSSE3 assembly, created and sold computer art, wrote up and filed patents, trademarks, domains.
I like to push frontiers and discover new ones.
I have funded and built a series of workstations exclusively for use with Foldit, running 24/7 reaching a historical 25.000.000 moves on may 7th 2012 at 15:45 UTC. Just over a year later Fold.it introduced a new achievement to honor breaking a new frontier, the 50 Megamoves limit: http://fold.it/portal/node/994984
I reached Global Soloist Rank #1 position for the first time on june 24, 2012 at 14:00 CET.
Contenders is my home and I feel happy being among like-minded souls who are passionate about what they do.
List of news related to puzzles we (all) worked on:
Industrial organic chemist who has too much time on his hands, hence Foldit.
I have always been fascinated by computers and what they could do. My interest is within mathematics, telecommunication (Ph.D.), and data mining, the later is with a telecommunication company. More of my research could be found at (www.researchgate.net). That’s why I have found Foldit very interesting. All those combinations, impossible to get the correct answer intrigues me.
I've worked in the fields of architecture, auto-identification (barcoding), industrial design, and software publishing. I'm an inventor. I've always loved polyhedra and three-dimensional mathematical models.
I have recently shifted careers to become a high school educator. I am having fun in the trenches of urban education. My first (academic) love is enzyme catalysis, and my second is protein structure. I am learning to love motivating young people. Foldit exercises another part of my brain that teaching does not.