He assumed the position of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute For Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) Benin City, for a five year term, on the 2nd of July, 2012.
He is the 10th Chief Executive of the Institute since inception and the 5th Chief Executive, appointed from among staff of the Institute.
Prior to his appointment, he was the Director of Research and the Head of Technology and Product Development Department, in the Institute.
He was for many years Head and Research Leader, Biotechnology and Tissue Culture in the Institute.
He was educated at the Immaculate Conception College, Benin City and obtained a B.Sc Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Ife, Ile Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University. He was the best graduating student in 1979.
He subsequently attended the Universite Paris VII, Paris, France, obtaining a Phd in Plant Physiology (Molecular Biology), in December 1986.
He also attended the Universite de Saint Etienne, Saint Etienne, France, between October 1982 and June 1983, where he obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in French Language preparatory to his Phd studies.
Dr Asemota, began his research career in NIFOR in 1980 as Research Officer in Training and rose through the ranks, becoming Director of Research in 2009.
He has won a number of research fellowships and worked in outstanding research laboratories in the past.
He is also a recipient of :
(i) The African Academy of Sciences Grant for research into the molecular analysis of oilpalm response to water stress and
(ii) The Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Scheme (CARGS) award of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria for research into increasing oilpalm yields through somatic embryogenesis and simple sequence repeats markers.
Dr Asemota, aside from his core academic training, attended ad hoc trainings.
He has co-supervised three M.Sc degree dissertations and one Phd thesis and he is currently co-supervising one M.Sc and one Phd candidate.
As part of community responsibility, he was Associate Lecturer (non-remunerative) in the Department of Crop Science of the University of Benin, Benin City from 2008 to 2011, where he taught courses in molecular biology and biotechnology and supervised ten undergraduate student projects.
He is author or co-author of over fifty publications appearing in national and international journals and edited conference proceedings and laboratory manuals and protocols.