Dipannita Kalyani received her B.A. degree in 2003 from Bryn Mawr College, PA, with a double major in chemistry and mathematics. At Bryn Mawr College she also attained her MA in computational chemistry in 2003. Subsequently, she earned her PhD in 2008 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor working with Professor Melanie Sanford. Her PhD thesis focused on palladium-catalyzed oxidative functionalization reactions. Following her PhD she conducted her postdoctoral work on asymmetric catalysis under the supervision of Professor Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 2009-2011. She joined the faculty at St. Olaf College in Fall 2011 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017.

Research in the Kalyani group focuses on synthetic and mechanistic investigations of palladium and nickel catalyzed arylations. The ACS PRF, NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc have funded her independent research.