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Featured Speakers

Dr. Jeff Wilson (Professor Dumpster)

James Harrington
Jeff Wilson, Founder of Kasita

Jeff Wilson is an academic and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is founder at the award-winning micro housing company Kasita. Named one of Inc's 25 most disruptive companies in the world, Kasita homes are 350 sq.ft., incredibly smart, and beautifully designed. Formerly, Dr. Wilson was a Professor and Dean also known as 'Professor Dumpster'. He lived in a 33 sq.ft. modified trash dumpster for a year as a part of a minimalist housing experiment. Wilson has authored dozens of scientific articles, was named the University of Texas System's top assistant professor and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard. Wilson's work on sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in The Atlantic, NY Times, and The Washington Post. Beyond startups and dumpster diving, Professor Dumpster enjoys traveling - in another experiment, he took a girl he met online for a whirlwind date across seven countries in 21 days - with only the clothes on his and her backs (a book and soon to be a Hollywood movie). Follow and talk trash on Instagram @ProfDumpster and @Kasita. 



Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy

Helen Lowman
Sharmila Anadasabapathy, Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology and Vice President at the Baylor College of Medicine

Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology, and Vice President at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. In her current role, she oversees Baylor's global programs and affiliations, as well as The Baylor Global Innovation Center which seeks to develop innovative approaches to global health challenges.

An advanced gastrointestinal endoscopist by training, Dr. Anandasabapathy’s research focus involves the development and validation of novel technologies for the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal cancer. She has been Principal Investigator on several grants funded by the National Cancer Institute (NIH), and has lead multiple international clinical trials focused on the endoscopic diagnosis of esophageal, and gastric cancer. These trials are currently being conducted in the United States, Africa, China, and Honduras. In addition, she and her group are involved in several projects which seek to develop innovative technological approaches to addressing cancer and other chronic diseases in low-resource areas worldwide. These involve the development of remote medical technologies such as augmented (and virtual) reality-based platforms for surgical or endoscopic training, cell phone apps, and portable, battery-operated technologies for medical management in low-resource environments. These partnerships involve close collaborations with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USAID, multiple US and international universities, NGOS, foreign governments, and Foundations. A recent innovation, Emergency Smart Pod ( a mobile, lower-cost shipping-container unit for the management of Ebola and other emergencies, was awarded funding by USAID and The Paul G. Allen Funding and presented at both the World Health Organization and The White House Office of Science and Technology.

In addition to her primary appointment at Baylor, Dr. Anandasabapathy also holds an adjunct appointment in Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale University and an M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her gastroenterology fellowship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY.