I'm having trouble deciding what to do here. I'm trying to get a research position at a lab this summer, and I've recently emailed the PI there. The situation: The PI is sort of a big shot in the field, and I would like to do research in his lab for that reason. However, he said he would set me up with another division based on something I mentioned in my email. This other guy is a PhD. So my question is: Does it matter if I do research under the PhD (not a big name guy) vs. the big shot guy's lab? Another issue here is that it's not totally about prestige: I'm obviously concerned about how much support I'll receive in the lab, and also, the Phd is doing non cell-based research, and the PI's lab is doing cell-based research. I've worked in two labs before with cells, and I never seem to get a lot of results with them. So, I'm also worried if I will get any useful results there. What do you guys think? Email the PI and try to get into his lab or just do the research with the PhD?