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. Jochanan Blum and received his Ph.D. in 2002 (with distinction). His thesis work dealt with the development of air- and moisture stable organoaluminum 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 2004, he began as a Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2010 and Professor of Chemistry in 2018. In 2019, Dima was named Esther K. and M. Mark Watkins Chair in Organic Chemistry.