Paul Kalas studied astronomy and physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from the University of Hawaii under the direction of astronomer David Jewitt.
He worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he became an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined IA-FORTH as research fellow in 2019.
Direct imaging of exoplanets and dusty debris disks, the search for exoplanetary rings and moons, stellar and planetary dynamics, ethics in professional astronomy, and the nature of space and time.