William Terence Coakley
Terry continued his work with a series of distinguished sabbatical visitors: Wes Nyborg and Ernest Neppiras (University of Vermont), Floyd Dunn (University of Illinois), Bob Gould (Middleburg College) and Larry Crum of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. He then went on to investigate surface waves at membrane interfaces with Dominique Gallez from the laboratory of the Nobel Prize-winning physical chemist, Illya Prigogine. In 1984, completely new uses of ultrasound were devised in Terry's group, whereby particles and cells can be moved to preferred positions in a standing wave field. Novel ultrasonic chambers were custom- designed and constructed in-house for different applications, such as detection of antigens by the agglutination of antibody coated particles, ultrasonic filtration or more recently for the study of cell-cell interactions. Clearly the potential of these novel manipulative methods in biophysics and cell biology is widespread, and their wider biomedical and industrial development is still at an early stage. Extensive collaborations across the Cardiff School of Biosciences (between Microbiology and Connective Tissues Research Groups) and the University (with Medical Microbiology), European and American Universities, Medical Centres, Hospitals and biomedical companies signifies the world-wide acclaim that Terry's work has achieved.