Isbell earned a PhD from the University of Maryland in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Graduate Certificate in Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks. He also received two Bachelor’s degrees, one each in Physics and Music from Brown University.
In completing his doctoral work, Isbell focused on mimicking bat echolocation using sonar and unmanned aerial vehicles. Isbell used neural networks and machine learning to model neural place cells and better understand how bats recognize place and map environments.
As part his undergraduate work at Brown, Isbell also researched high energy particle physics with a team working with the Large Hadron Collider. Isbell also has published two scholarly articles in Frontiers in Neurorobotics.