Gordon graduated from Edinburgh University with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Microbiology in 1996. He then received a PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast in prosthetic joint infection in 1999. He subsequently undertook two postdoctoral research positions over a 4 year period (2000-2003), focusing on fungal and bacterial biofilm infections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (USA) and the University of Calgary (Canada). In 2004 he returned to the UK and was appointed as a Lecturer in Microbiology at Glasgow Caledonian University prior to taking up a position of Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Glasgow Dental School in 2007. Gordon has been the head of Biological and Medical Sciences and the lead for the Infection and Immunity Research Group since 2009. Gordon received his Personal Chair in 2012 and was promoted to Professor of Medical Microbiology. He is the honorary secretary of the British Society for Medical Mycology and acts as a consultant and key opinion leader for a number of industrial partners.