The RIDER Institute is dedicated to conducting very innovative and multidisciplinary research, as well as highly creative acronym engineering. Some of Dr. Rider’s previous research accomplishments include:

CANARY (Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields) biosensor

At MIT, Dr. Rider invented the CANARY biosensor, which uses mammalian B lymphocyte cell lines stably transfected with the jellyfish aequorin gene to identify a wide variety of pathogens within seconds to minutes. Dr. Rider genetically engineered and demonstrated the first CANARY cells, and also invented second-generation CANARY approaches with multiple luminescence colors, polyclonal antibodies, and other improvements. CANARY was published in Science, reported everywhere from NBC’s Nightly News to Technology Review to the New York Times, and even featured in an episode of the science fiction TV series Helix.


INFERNO (Interspecies Nonclassical Flow of Energy for Reduced Neutron Output) advanced fusion reactors

For his Ph.D. thesis at MIT, Dr. Rider discovered fundamental physical limitations on the performance and radioactive cleanliness of virtually all possible types of fusion reactors.


ALICE (Antimatter Locomotion for Interstellar Colonization and Exploration) antimatter rocket propulsion

Dr. Rider analyzed the maximum possible performance of antimatter rocket propulsion systems and discovered several constraints and effects that previous researchers had overlooked.

Download ALICE paper

APOLLO (Arrays with Phase-Output-Locked Laser Oscillations) laser arrays

Dr. Rider used binary optics to combine multiple beams from one- and two-dimensional semiconductor laser arrays to form a single, powerful, coherent beam, and utilized the results to correct previous theories of phase locking.


CIGAR (Continual Improvement for Greater Advantage in Rocketry) rocket staging system

In high school, Todd Rider invented CIGAR, an improved system of rocket staging that could increase a launch vehicle’s payload capacity by over 50% with no extra propellant. To demonstrate this approach, he wrote orbital flight simulations, tested scale models in a wind tunnel to verify aerodynamic stability of the new design, built small working models to evaluate key mechanical features of the design, and conducted static firing tests. The project won the Grand Prize at the 1986 International Science and Engineering Fair.

Download CIGAR patent

ROAR (Relay Operated Automatic Robot)

The best childhood pets are those you invent yourself.

Other Research

Dr. Rider has also proposed and explored novel approaches in other areas including fundamental mechanisms of aging in humans, molecular biosensors, high-energy biofuel cells, rapid DNA synthesizers, faster-than-light space travel, and other projects for various sponsors. The RIDER Institute is continuing to develop very innovative approaches to major scientific and technological challenges.

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