Program Staff

William Seaman, M.D.
William E. Seaman, M.D., Research Director

Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. William Seaman has been the Research Director of the AAF Research Program since it was launched in 1999. Together with the Scientific Review Board, Dr. Seaman steers the Program in pursuit of its mission: to improve treatments for, prevent, and find a cure for asthma.

Dr. Seaman’s research career focussed on the innate immune system, especially the mechanisms by which receptors on macrophages and natural killer cells activate and inactivate the functions of these cells. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians, and he is a past President of the Society for Natural Immunity. Dr. Seaman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Valerie Doughtery
Valerie Dougherty, Program Manager

Valerie Dougherty joined the AAF as the Program Manager in 2007. Val manages all administrative aspects of the program including outreach to prospective applicants. She works closely with the Research Director, Bill Seaman, to execute the mission of the program. Val facilitates the work of the Scientific Review Board, serves as liaison to AAF Awardees, past and present, and arranges an annual scientific meeting in San Francisco where Awardees come together to share their discoveries.

Prior to joining the AAF, Val managed an intramural grants program at UCSF, supporting basic science research. Val holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied Economics and Geography.