Rader studied biochemistry in Germany and Switzerland where he received his PhD from the University of Zurich in 1995. Following postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, CA, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1999. In 2003, he was recruited as Senior Scientist to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. In 2012, he rejoined TSRI in Jupiter, FL as Associate Professor with Tenure. He has authored >100 publications, is named inventor on >30 issued and pending patents, serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of NBE-Therapeutics (Basel, Switzerland) and BlinkBio (Jupiter, FL), and is a co-founder of T-CURX (Würzburg, Germany).