Bruno Kestemont
Global Soloist Rank: #6
Global Soloist Score: 2785


Name: Bruno Kestemont
Location: Belgium
Started Folding: 09/24/12
About me:

Bio-engineer 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, prediction 1, pilot 1, design 2, overall 3, ED 3, CR 5, CASP 8, PC 7).
-Apr 2014: lonesome soloist then, 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, Pilot 1, CASP11 2, overall 2, design 2, symmetry 2, ED 2, PC 3, 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)!
-nov 2017 Pilot soloist 1 after 10 puzzles
-may 2018: almost equalized best foldit contribution with Solo 3 + Evo 2 = 5 (total rank 2).
-June 2018, co-authored a Human Computation paper on player's vision
-July 2018, co-authored as most Players on a Nature paper on collaborative protein prediction

Hobbies: Jogging, ultratrail
Group: Go Science


CategorySolo RankEvo Rank

Soloist Puzzle Scores

PuzzleRankBest ScorePointsLast Played
1624: Revisiting Puzzle 94: Mouse-10,074-15:13
1625: Unsolved De-novo Freestyle 143-10,521-15:13
1626: Symmetric Dimer Design-20,924-15:13
1623: Symmetric Dimer Design1520,28563Yesterday
1621: Unsolved De-novo Freestyle 1421311,1746801/17

Evolver Puzzle Scores


ContestRankScoreLast Played
Let's Cure Cancer Finally1/55811,72012/31/13
Script testing4/88,95010/04/14
Another Beat Back the Boredom Old Style4/119,67501/26/13
Test your PC power3/5315,14110/04/14
The Marathon of Foldit: 611 residues big puzzle chalenge4/1919,47601/26/14
Fight AIDS5/2489,33912/27/16
GTPase Ras Long b [Open to all] [Open discussion]105/1408,58712/17/16
The Marathon of Foldit - New Chapter9/11116,43602/25/17


Junior Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 30 or better in at least 5 puzzles
Veteran Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 20 or better in at least 10 puzzles
Master Soloist
Achieved Soloist rank 10 or better in at least 15 puzzles
Junior Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 30 or better in at least 5 puzzles
Veteran Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 20 or better in at least 10 puzzles
Master Evolver
Achieved Evolver rank 10 or better in at least 15 puzzles
Junior Cook
Created 1 recipe obtaining 4 or more stars and 5 or more votes
Veteran Cook
Created 3 recipes obtaining 4 or more stars and 5 or more votes
Master Cook
Created 8 recipes obtaining 4 or more stars and 5 or more votes
Junior Debugger - Retired
Reported 1 bug that was fixed by the Foldit team
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