Marina Escolano-Poveda holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies (Egyptology) from the Johns Hopkins University (2017; dissertation title: 'The Image of the Egyptian Priests in the Graeco-Roman Period (3rd century BCE–early 4th century CE): an Analysis on the Basis of the Egyptian and Graeco-Roman Literary and Paraliterary Sources'; dissertation advisor: Prof. Richard Jasnow). She started her doctoral studies in the United States as a Fulbright scholar in 2010-12. Before this she had completed a 5-year BA (Spanish 'Licenciatura', equivalent to a British BA+MA) in History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, being awarded the First Place National Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Performance, Class of 2009 (Primer Premio Nacional de Fin de Carrera, Promoción de 2009).
Her research focuses on the literature, religion, and society of Graeco-Roman Egypt. She is particularly interested in the study of the intellectual milieu of the Egyptian temples of the Graeco-Roman period, and the role of the Egyptian priesthood in the transmission of knowledge in the Ancient World. Within this research area, she currently works on the analysis of Graeco-Egyptian astronomical and early alchemical sources, as well as the Greek Hermetica from an Egyptological perspective. She is also involved in the edition of papyri from different international collections, including the Demotic papyri from the Abbey of Montserrat (Barcelona, Spain), and the papyri from the Museu Bíblic of Mallorca. In 2015 she discovered in the latter collection lost sections of P. Berlin 3024, the manuscript that contains the only preserved copies of the Middle Kingdom poems the "Debate between a Man and His Ba" and the "Tale of the Herdsman", which she published in ZÄS 144.1 (2017):16–54. She is also editing a collection of Demotic ostraca from the Mut Temple Precinct found by the Brooklyn Museum expedition. She is part of the team of the Mummy Label Database Project and the DVCTVS Project.
She combines her philological work with fieldwork in Egypt since 2007, having been a member of the Egypt Exploration Society/Durham University archaeological expedition to Saïs (Sa el-Hagar, Egypt) between 2007 and 2010. Since 2011 she is part of the team of the Johns Hopkins University archaeological expedition to the Mut Temple at Karnak (Luxor, Egypt), where she works as trench supervisor and archaeological illustrator.