Gordon graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in biology. He went on to graduate school at MIT, working with Dr. Mark Bear and studying the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, both in brain slices and during in vivo sensory plasticity.
Gordon did his post-doctoral work with Dr. David Fitzpatrick, first at Duke University and then at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. As a post-doc he investigated the structure and function of cortical networks in the developing brain using in vivo multi-photon imaging.
In 2017 he moved to the University of Minnesota to establish his own lab as part of the Optical Imaging and Brain Science Medical Discovery Team.