Dima was born (1974) and raised in Chelyabinsk, USSR. He received his BSc degree in chemistry (1996) and his MSc degree in Organic Chemistry (1997) from the Hebrew University working with Prof. Zeev Aizenshtat and Prof. Jochanan Blum. He started his doctoral studies in 1999 under the supervision of Prof. Blum and collaboration with Prof. Schumann (TU Berlin) and graduated in 2002 (with distinction). His thesis dealt with the development of air- and moisture stable organo-aluminum alkylating reagents for organic synthetic applications. In 2002, he joined the group of Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he spent two years as a postdoctoral associate. His work at MIT concerned the development of catalytic methods for the construction of carbon-carbon and carbon-phosphorus bonds. In 2005, he returned to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Now he is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Head of School of Chemistry.