Dr Denny Levett is the Association of Anaesthetists Of Great Britain and Ireland's (AAGBI) Research Fellow.
As one of the Deputy Research Leaders, Denny helps to timetable the research projects and to make sure that the right equipment is in the right place at the right time! She is co-ordinating the oxygen utilisation research group. Her own PhD thesis at UCL is based on the efficiency of oxygen use and mitochondrial function in hypoxia (low oxygen levels).
As medical officer Denny is responsible for the health of the team on the expedition ? preventing illness by pre-expedition screening, risk assessment and advice; sourcing medical equipment for use in the field; treating team members in the field and co-ordinating the medical evacuation plan for emergencies.
She has had extensive experience in Expedition Medicine, working as a Medical Officer for ?Across the Divide Expeditions? since 1999. She has accompanied groups on hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking expeditions in remote locations including Guatemala, Nepal, Patagonia, Lapland and Peru. She has also been the Medical Officer on three independent marine biology diving expeditions in Fiji, The Hallaniyat Islands and Tanzania. She is a lecturer on the Expedition Medicine for Medical Professionals course and is currently studying for the Diploma of Mountain Medicine.
Denny is a keen rock climber and mountaineer. She has climbed peaks in Canada, New Zealand, The Alps and the Himalayas. To date Denny has summited three mountains over 6,000 metres.
Denny holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Medicine from Cambridge and Oxford. She rowed intensively throughout her university career, gaining a Blue for women's rowing at Oxford in 1996. She captained the Medical Students Boat Club, and competed in the National Championships at Henley.
Denny was recently married in February 2006 to Dr Mike Grocott who is the Director of Xtreme-Everest and the Expedition Leader for the 2007 Xtreme-Everest Expedition.