About The RIDER Institute

The RIDER Institute is dedicated to Revolutionary Innovation, Development, Education, and Research. The Institute was founded by Dr. Todd H. Rider, an MIT graduate and longtime staff member with decades of experience creating novel multidisciplinary science research and education programs.

The Team

Dr. Todd H. Rider
Dr.Rider received his Ph.D. from MIT, and his research has been featured in magazines ranging from Science to Time and on TV programs from NBC’s Nightly News to BBC’s Horizon. He invented and developed the DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics and demonstrated that they are safe and effective against 18 different viruses in cells and 4 viruses in mice in initial experiments. He also invented the CANARY sensor, which uses genetically engineered white blood cells to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. In other areas of research, he discovered fundamental physical limitations on nuclear fusion reactors, analyzed antimatter rocket engines, and demonstrated methods to combine numerous laser beams to form more powerful laser beams. He created and runs the Science on Saturday program at MIT and has over 25 years of experience teaching students at all levels.