Dr Gordon is Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with the Rural Health School at La Trobe University. He is currently the Discipline Lead for Exercise Science & Exercise Physiology and the School's Director of Graduate Research. Dr Gordon graduated with his PhD, investigating the time course of insulin resistance following resistance exercise in people with type 2 diabetes in 2012. He has worked within academia for more than a decade and has almost a decade of clinical experience.
Dr Gordon has numerous peer-reviewed publications in sports science, sports medicine and medical journals. He has also been an invited speaker at conferences and seminars and has reported his work at many national and international conferences. Dr Gordon's research has focused around the benefits of resistance training on maintaining and restoring health. He began his research career by investigating the role of exercise on improving the level of functioning in children with chronic fatigue syndrome and is now focusing on how exercise can be optimally assessed and prescribed for people with cardiometabolic health conditions. This has culminated in work using continuous glucose monitoring systems, accelerometers, GPS monitors and exercise in healthy people along with those suffering health conditions.
Dr Gordon's research is focused on the role of exercise in the management of chronic disease and mechanisms to improve compliance to, and recovery from, exercise. He has supervised 3 honours students (all obtaining the grade of H1), a masters level student to completion and four doctoral students to timely completions. He is currently supervising 5 PhD candidates and 3 Master by Research candidates. Dr Gordon has a network of collaborations to form his research team beyond La Trobe University from Auckland, Swinburne, Murdoch, RMIT and Deakin universities, Bendigo Health and The Austin hospital and the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is currently completing projects in the areas of prediabetes, diabetes, heart disease, hospital care, military transition and resistance training.