Professor Schouten graduated in 1989 from Wageningen University where he studied molecular plant pathology, majoring in nematology, virology and biochemistry. He obtained his PhD at the Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University in 1998 where he examined the expression of functional antibodies and antibody fragments in plants. Schouten then worked from 1998 to 2006 as a Postdoc at the Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University where he studied plant-pathogen and microbial interactions. He became Assistant Professor in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2010 at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), University of Bonn, Germany, where he worked on the molecular, biochemical and biological aspects of endophytes and their application in controlling nematode pests in crops. Since 2015, he has been working as a scientist with the Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University, and a consultant for HGoTECH GmbH, Bonn, Germany.